In Search of a New Thailand – Laos. In the search for new and exotic places, and the relaxing stays they offer, you’ve probably never considered Laos to be a luxury travel destination – but there are destinations in Laos that are being compared to the hospitality and freedom-seeking that’s come to be known in places like Thailand. If you want to escape the everyday, Laos is calling.
Located in Laos’ southern region, the Bolaven Plateau is rich in pristine rivers and spellbinding waterfalls. A haven of lush, verdant flora, the Bolaven Plateau is the perfect escape.
Stress becomes a thing of the past as you indulge in taking on the pursuit of seeing each waterfall available in this Southeast Asia region. Tad Fane is mesmerizing – twin falls tumbling down more than 300 feet of rocky cliffs down into a beautiful gorge. Rent a motorbike to explore the area and you can take the loop around the Bolaven Plateau – the perfect way to connect with all the exhilarating nature surrounding you.
The region surrounding the plateau is the perfect spot to discover the customs of the ethnic peoples who remain living there, allowing you a first-hand account of these cultures. You’ll leave with an indelible mark upon you that many of the countries neighboring Laos simply lack.
And no matter where you are in Laos, it’s impossible not to admire the Mekong River in some way. This river is the largest in Southeast Asia, and the 12th largest in the world. It remains Laos’ heart and soul, as it acts as the lifeblood of the country through its South China Sea connection.
The Mekong River invigorates the towns along its banks during the day, and offers dazzling reflections as the sun begins to set. Cruises are available down the Mekong for you to admire Laos as can only be done by the water. In the contest for biodiversity, the Mekong is second only to the Amazon River. The Mekong and its banks are home to an incredible array of wildlife.
But perhaps the most intriguing place to experience the Mekong River’s beauty is Si Phan Don. The name is Laotian for 4000 islands. And the name is quite literal. This archipelago is located within the waters of the Mekong in South Laos, near the Cambodian border. Life slows down here, making for the perfect place to escape fast-paced lifestyles.
If you opt to stay in Si Phan Don, you’ll get a unique glimpse into what it’s like to live in a traditional village – and you might even spot freshwater dolphins, one of the rarest animals in the world.